With these beautiful deep blue tones, these stunning Mediterranean-inspired watercolor wedding invitations could be for an al fresco dinner party in Tuscany or an exotic getaway to the Greek Isles! Instead, we’re bringing the Mediterranean a bit closer to home, for a wedding in Houston, Texas! Sarah McKeon of Bluebonnet Press designed these stunning invitations with blue letterpress printed text on white handmade paper. The watercolor tile-inspired envelope liners are the perfect bold touch!
From Sarah: This was one of my favorite custom designs! I love that inspiration can come from anywhere and I’m only limited by my imagination. The inspiration for this invitation suite was the beautiful venue, The Gallery in Houston, which has lots of Mediterranean style architecture and Spanish vibes with all the gorgeous terra cotta tiles. I knew I wanted to use blue because there was going to be blue glassware used in the table settings. I painted a watercolor piece mimicking patterns used in old Spanish tiles, which I then digitized and turned into custom liners for the suite.
I kept the design of the invitations simple with some beautiful typography to not have it compete with the busy liners. To add texture and give the suite that old world feel we were going for, I letterpress printed them on gorgeous handmade paper. The natural feathery edges of handmade paper get my heart every single time! The finishing touches were the blue vintage stamps that pulled everything together.
To continue the theme, the place cards were brush lettered, with the same blue watercolor used in the liners. To save on cost we ended up digitally printing the menus, but gave them a rough deckled edge along with the place cards to echo that detail used in the invitations suite.
As a stationer, when designing wedding invitations I am often one of the first pieces of the puzzle and get to brainstorm and create with brides as everything starts to fall in place. However, sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall at the weddings to see how everything came together. Which is why I absolutely love getting photos, it’s such an honor to work with other creative vendors and see how each of our talents play off each other to create a fabulous event!
Photo Credits: Nicole Young